This china pitcher is from the New York Central Railroad, with a railroad marking on the bottom. It is the 5-inch size, a milk pitcher (rather than a cream pitcher). This is the one that would have been provided to breakfast diners to use with cereal.
CONDITION is extremely nice. There are NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. The glaze is bright and shiny and the wide band decoration is sharp and clear. The little "DeWitt Clinton" locomotive cameo appears on BOTH sides. This is very clean inside (our photo is dark). Virtually free of the yellowing spots that disfigure some older pieces.
Please NOTE: On the tip of the spout there is a dark smear of stray glaze color. This is not damage, it's cosmetic.
We can tell from the bottom that this piece was made by Syracuse China. There is an impressed "42" and a tiny number 58, both code marks of Syracuse/OPCO. (The only other maker of DeWitt Clinton was Buffalo China which did not use this type of marking.)
COLLECTOR NOTE: This pattern was reproduced in 1981. Although larger pieces are clearly marked as reproductions, smaller pieces are not, but it is easy to identify them! The tiny cameo on authentic DeWitt Clinton china has only ONE number -- 1831 -- under the engine. If it says 1831-1981 it is a repro!
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